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Our Story

In 2009, Suzanne and Mike Mayernick flew to Uganda to bring their little girl, JosieLove, home to the United States. When they arrived, the twelve-pound 3 ½-year-old they had committed to adopt was very sick. Suzanne and Mike were told that JosieLove had malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV.

After just a few months at home receiving love, attention, and the medical care she needed, this once-dying little girl blossomed into a healthy, thriving child. Watching JosieLove’s transformation sparked a fire inside of Suzanne, and she knew that she was called to help more children like her daughter… so she started Love One. Love One International got its name from JosieLove and the “ + “ sign represents the mission to support the HIV-positive population.

Hi there!

We are so glad you’re here- thank you for coming alongside us in this journey. Because of your support, not only will children in Uganda receive the medical care they deserve, but countless families and communities will hear about the love of Jesus. I cannot wait to see all of the ways the Lord will work through your generosity and the mission of Love One.


The Why
Our goal is to support children so that they can live full, healthy lives in thriving families. However, that impact is only eternal if we also share the gospel so that they can grow spiritually and emotionally. We hope that every person who comes through Love One’s programs would experience the love of Jesus Christ.

Meet the Team

Ugandan Management Team

Auma Jennifer Odong

Uganda Country Director

Oringa Jimmy

Deputy Director

Bwire Albert

Program Manager

Ocakacon Geoffrey

Procurement & Logistics Manager

Onen Patrick

Finance Manager

Rev. Samuel Francis Opio

Spiritual Care Leader

Dr. Zalwango Stella

Pediatrician & Head of Medical Department

Dr. Kamulegya David Peterson

Medical Officer

Otto Denis Rugumayo

Human Resource Manager

Oling Dan Derricks

Social Work Coordinator

Ogwang Peter


Akao Lorna

Office Administrator

Stateside Team

Suzanne Mayernick


Grace Hackett

Director of Engagement

Mary Stewart Hurst

Finance and Operations Manager

Anne Alyse Lunsford

Administrative Coordinator

Kate Kelly

Communications Associate

Board Members

Suzanne Mayernick


Vallie Collins


Lauren Akins

Vice Chairman

Will Carver


Scott McCullough


Barrett Ward

Board Member

Michael O’Neal

Board Member